When filing your tax return, you may be required to provide your adjusted gross income or AGI for the previous year. But, if you were not required to file your tax return during the previous year, what you’ll enter will vary depending on how you’re filing your taxes.

Confirming your previous year’s AGI is used to verify your identity. If you didn’t file, you may select “I didn’t file a return last year.” In this case, your AGI may be updated to “0” for the year in question. If you are not offered this option, you should enter “0” or reach out for help on this step.

We recommend double-checking that you didn’t file a return before entering “0” since it could cause your tax return to be rejected from the IRS. To do this, you can request a transcript of your previous year’s return from the IRS, to confirm your AGI was $0.